Our Tiny Pollinators

Our Tiny Pollinators

Insect pollinators such as bees and flower-bearing plants are the perfect example of a symbiotic relationship in nature. Bees need pollen and nectar for food and honey making. Flowers need their pollen transported to other flowers, and then another flower’s pollen brought back to it in order to reproduce and make seeds. Traveling from flower to flower, bees effortlessly accomplish these needs of both parties.

Honey Bees, wild and domestic perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day! Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. They also pollinate the cotton and natural fibres in our clothes. We should be grateful the bees work so hard and can be managed. We should respect these tiny pollinators and the entire environment.

As humans we are largely responsible for two of the most prominent causes of the decline in bees – pesticides and habitat loss. Some pesticides we use domestically and commercially are toxic and are meant to kill pests, but they can also harm bees. If you are going to use a toxic pesticides ensure there are no bee hives in close proximity. Also when we develop land, abandon farms, grow crops without leaving habitat for wildlife and grow gardens without flowers that are friendly to pollinators we create habitat loss. We need to protect their health by preserving wild habitat and planting bee friendly gardens.

Global Warming is causing problems for these tiny pollinators. Flowers are in bloom earlier or later than usual. When pollinators come out of hibernation, the flowers that provide the food they need to start the season have already bloomed or are delayed which causes them to starve.

The bees need help, and for so long we have relied on them for their incredible food-producing superpowers and the byproducts of their laborious work – it’s now time to help them.

Save Our Bees Charitable Trust has been founded to conserve and protect New Zealand Honey Bees. Its aims are to educate people about the importance of bees in New Zealand horticultural and agricultural industries and in the home garden.

They plan to promote a more natural, easier and cheaper way to keep bees so that more New Zealanders can be encouraged and supported in keeping bees in their backyards. Save Our Bees Charity also publishes educational material about bees and natural beekeeping methods and provides resources and contacts for backyard beekeepers. Check out the link on their workshops on Top Bar Keeping and Hive Safaris.

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